Dimmer switches


Postby gel » Sat Nov 10, 2012 5:14 pm

Does using a dimmer switch save energy?
Is any saving directly proportion to the the dimness of the light?
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Postby ericmark » Sat Dec 29, 2012 12:30 am

In the main yes. Most dimmers use SCR or FET's to clip the wave form there are leading and lagging but if you were to use fully half wave rectified the power would be half but the light would be a lot less than half most the power being heat rather than light.

I noted in Turkey where they have used discharge lighting well before us because it hotter they split their lights into two groups 2/3 in one group and 1/3 in other group giving off, 1/3, 2/3, and full just using two switches which is a better way to do it.
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Postby gel » Sun Dec 30, 2012 9:56 am

Thank you for the interest in my query
I am very grateful for your interesting and helpful reply
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